Mark your calendars for September 24th. It’s National Public Lands Day, a day dedicated to spreading the word about our country’s public spaces and preserving their beauty.
It’s also one of just a few days a year when you can get Free admission to your national parks! The only other remaining days in 2011 are over Veteran’s Day weekend.
If you’d like to spend part of the day volunteering, just go here and search for projects by zip code. I’m guessing that many will have minimum age requirements for volunteers, but this is a Great opportunity for Scout groups, church groups, and others. Plus, if you have a high school student, there is a good chance he/she has some sort of service requirement from school.
Now, this will sound odd, but big volunteer days like this tend to actually draw more workers than the projects can handle. I was the advisor for my school’s service club for several years, and we learned to register in advance and arrive early. If your group arrives at lunch time, you’re likely to find all the, “good,” work done! I know….it’s funny.
There also might be a future deal for folks who spend the day volunteering. According to the event website, if you volunteer at a national park, you’ll get a coupon for free entry on a future visit. The catch is I’m not sure whether Mt.Rainier is participating in this deal. Their volunteer spots are frequently so coveted that they take applicants. I know….funny. Anyway, I have a call in to the coordinator up there, so I’ll try to get some more scoop.
Are you more of an indoor person? The 24th also happens to be Smithsonian Free Museum Day when you can get free entry to any participating museum with a printable ticket, and there are a lot of venues in our area. I always recommend going to one that doesn’t normally participate in other free programs, such as 3rd Thursdays or library passes. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum or the Museum of Glass would probably be at the top of my list. Thanks to Christy at Thrifty and Thriving for the reminder about this deal.
If you’re a serious culture vulture, be sure to read my post on how you might win 159.00 by visiting different historical sites in Pierce County this month. You might also want to read about upcoming candelight tours at Fort Nisqually.
Think you’ll spend the 24th taking advantage of the free admission to Mt.Rainier? You might like my post on how to plan a day at Mt.Rainier. The wildflowers will probably be gone, but there is still plenty of beauty.